October 26, 2011

Cards sports roundup: volleyball, women’s soccer, football

Volleyball rises past West Virginia 3-1, falls to Pittsburgh  3-1 in Big East action

The Louisville Cardinals volleyball team fell for the first time in Big East action on Sunday afternoon versus the University of Pittsburgh at KFC Yum! Center. The loss breaks the Cards’ eight match winning streak. Pittsburgh upset Louisville with a 3-1 victory over the Cardinals. Prior to the loss, U of L defeated the University of West Virginia on Friday night in Cardinal Arena. Lolan Arslanbekova led the way to the Louisville victory with 20 kills and 11 digs. -Aaron Williams

Women’s soccer team clenches program’s first Big East National Division title

Sophomore forward Christine Exeter scored her 12th goal of the season to give the Louisville women’s soccer team the 1-0 victory over the Bearcats of Cincinnati on Saturday night. The victory boosts the Cardinals’ record to 8-1-2 in the Big East and clenches the program’s first ever Big East Conference National Division title.

Louisville will enter the Big East Championship as the No. 1 seed from the National Division. They will take advantage of a first round bye in the tournament as a result and return to action Sunday, Oct. 30 at 1 p.m. in Cardinal Park to face the winner of Thursday’s Providence-Rutgers first round game in a quarterfinal match-up. -Aaron Williams

Cards’ defense holds Rutgers  to less than half their scoring average

Senior linebacker Dexter Heyman’s fourth quarter pick with under two minutes to play in the game was just what the University of Louisville Cardinals needed to hold on to their 16-14 victory over the University of Rutgers Scarlet Knights on the night of Friday, Oct. 21 at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. The victory improves Louisville to 3-4 on the season and 1-1 in the Big East. Senior Cards kicker Chris Philpott tied the school record for longest field goal with his successful 52-yard attempt that put Louisville up 10-7. Freshman quarterback Teddy Bridgewater found freshman receiver Michaelee Harris on an 18-yard touchdown pass to make the score 16-7. The Cards were led in rushing by sophomore running back Jeremy Wright, who ran for 108 yards gained on 11 carries. Fellow sophomore running back Dominique Brown found the end zone in the first quarter on a one-yard touchdown run. -Aaron Williams

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